Poem: The Schoolyard

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Callused palms, and grass-stained elbows. Their cheeks flushed with afternoon play. My heart jolts in my chest at the sound of pierced screams, before I look up to see them laughing. They tug and swing on shined monkey-bars, daring each other to kiss the girl next to them.   I
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For Happiness, Keep a Gratitude Journal

When I was a fifth-grader, I overheard some kid in my French class say that I was one of the most pessimistic people he knew. Not really a compliment for a person of any age. But I guess his assessment was, in many ways, true. My chosen reaction — and
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Picks of the Week

The de Young Museum’s exhibition “Keith Haring: The Political Line” is eccentric and arousing and totally psychosexual. Haring specifically questions the plights of a conservative 1980s American society, but he more broadly contends with the extraordinary capacities of humanity. If you’re looking for a brief existential excursion, make the trek
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Two sperm walk into a bar

So, these two sperm walk into a bar. I know what you’re thinking, “How could two sperm walk into a bar? They’re way too young!” But, it was midweek and, you know, with the economy how it is, things can happen. Sperm 1: I’m really glad we’re seeing each other
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Spread the love: 11 simple ways to brighten someone’s day

“Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone; let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.” — Bahá’u’lláh Midterm madness is upon us, and for most of us, this means deadlines, cramming, lonely all-nighters and a whole lot of stress. We’re rather good at
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3 tips to help you up when you’re feeling down

It’s sometimes weird the things that make us feel depressed — a 14-year-old incontinent dog, for example. Not because that’s gross and doggy diapers are degrading for all parties involved but because it reminds us that one day, in about 490 dog years, we, too, will require diapers. The fact
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TED Talk of the Day: the wandering mind

You know all that daydreaming you do? It could be making you unhappy — at least, that’s what Matt Killingsworth’s findings suggest. His Harvard doctoral research, which tracked the day-to-day emotions of 15,000 participants, found that a wandering mind causes unhappiness. What’s more is that it doesn’t matter what you’re thinking
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